Söğüt, Marmaris – Muğla – Turkey
GPS : 36°37’58.0″N 28°04’15.1″E / 36.632769, 28.070847
Söğüt is located at the far end of the Bozburun Peninsula and is best reached by following the road from Bayır. Söğüt is probably the most beautiful and unspoilt village on the northern coast of the peninsula. The settlement is quite sizeable and is spread over a broad area with the biggest portion of the village based inland and surrounded by mountains. The remaining villagers live along the huge backdrop which overlooks the island in the bay.
The bay of Söğüt provides exceptionally calm protected waters so is popular with yacht cruises that pop into the bay during a cruise to the local Greek Islands of Symi, Tilos and Rhodes. Here they are able to stock up on supplies as well as enjoy the wide range of restaurants that dot the coastline.
The views here really are stunning. You can see the end of the Bozburun peninsula where the ancient settlement of Loryma is located, as well as the islands of Zeytin and Söğüt. In the far distance there is the Greek island of Simi. A small village in a large bay. Situated at the Eastern end of the gulf of Symi this large attractive bay is a great place to snorkel.
A large bay on E of Söğüt Island, affords adequate anchorages. Sögüt is a large bay that provides an all around shelter. When you enter into the bay, the village on the hillside is Cumhuriyet and the one by the shore is Saranda. Boats can be pushed off along the shore of Saranda or pick up restaurant floating moorings and tucked up. This side is open to westerlies, so it is not a good overnight anchorage. Fair weather anchorage.
The anchorage on the northern side of Söğüt village, affords two piers of restaurants and a slipway. The longer wooden pier has berthing capacity up to 22 boats. There are laid moorings tailed on pier. An attendant helps you to tie up. Water and electricity connections are available. Strong westerlies send swell in. This restaurant provides excellent food and service. The settings are impressive at night. Laundry service is also provided from the hotel section.
Other than this quay, there is the wooden quay of the village. Here too all services are available.
There are many restaurants, shops and a bakery. There is also ice for boats that need it.
Hot water showers, restrooms, water and electricity connections for each berth are available 24 hours together with a market and a restaurant.
A restaurant has a wooden pier which is available to tie a line. Anchor in 12 – 14 m. The restaurant also provides excellent water.
There is a choice of moorings, either on one of the restaurant jetties, alternatively you can anchor with a shoreline in the small cove in the north western corner of the bay.
Another anchorage is on the west, it is called Botoz, affords adequate sheltering under rocky point. Boats anchor in 4 – 9 m off the breaking rocks from an old pier and get a line ashore. The depth shelves to shore from the middle. The next creek affords better shelter from the wind, but there is a room for a few yachts.
Toilets & Hot showers
Water on the quay
Electric on the quay
Public market is arranged on Mondays.
There is one restaurant at the small harbour jetty, which reputedly serves some of the best calamari in the region. The restaurant has a small beach to the left. There is a new jetty so is popular with yachts as they stop off on cruises around the peninsula.
As you enter Söğüt bay, head for the NE corner, Captains Table is the smaller jetty. This restaurant run by Salih & his partner Marijke, serves delicious home cooked food. Their staff will assist you with your mooring & you can expect a warm welcome from the multi-lingual hosts. They offer free Wi-fi, water, electricity & mooring to their clients. Lazy lines on jetty. Söğüt is a large bay that provides an all around shelter. A restaurant has a wooden pier which is available to tie a line. Anchor in 12 – 14 m. The restaurant also provides excellent water.
As you enter Söğüt bay, head for the NE corner, Captains Table is the smaller jetty. This restaurant run by Salih & his partner Marijke, serves delicious home cooked food. Their staff will assist you with your mooring & you can expect a warm welcome from the multi-lingual hosts. They offer free Wi-fi, water, electricity & mooring to their clients. Lazy lines on jetty
The beach is wonderfully unspoilt with a handful of dwellings lining the shore. It boasts incredible views across the inky blue waters out to the Greek island of Symi – by nightfall, you can see the island’s lights in the distance. Close to the shore are several beachfront restaurants which serve the most delightful meals, including traditional Turkish breakfasts – breads, pastries, fresh fruit and juices, yoghurt, local honey, olives and cheeses – and in the evenings the most sublime tasting fish, simply cooked with lemon juice and olive oil, which tastes out of this world.
The platforms and jetties which lead off the beach are a perfect spot to relax with a good book, or to jump from into the water for a cooling dip. In the far corner are a host of rocky outcrops which provide some good snorkelling. Looking up into the tree lined hills that rise above the beach you will spot a small road that leads over the mountains into the Sögüt’s second bay with a restaurant perched at the top, another incredible spot to appreciate the beautiful sunsets which reflect across the bay.
Twenty yacht can be tie up at the long jetty at a depth of 2.5 – 5 m. Facilities available are electricity, water, showe and WC as well as internet (WLAN on the jety) and daily wheather reports. The restaurant also offer shopping possibilties, the attached pension has 12 rooms. You can do watersports, there is a small beach, suitable for snorkeling and within swimming range you can discover some ancient amphoras lying on the sea bed.
The kitchen offers al kinds of seafood and various meat casseroles. Specialities of the house include grilled, fired or stuffed calamari (fresh from the region) and octopus. You will also find a selection of Turkish wines.
The jetty itself is concrete and one of the strongest restaurant jetties you will find. It is a single sided jetty, effectively. As you approach it, go to port, as the other side is too shallow for anything but small boats, but good for a swim. It is easy to identify, and found by turning to port after entering Sogut bay. The Octopus is in the northern bay, together with another small restaurant with a short jetty which was installed in 2010. The southern bay has a hotel/restaurant which also has a jetty, usable by about four boats.
Regular minibus services are available to Bozburun 8 km and Marmaris 44 km.
One kilometre to the south west of Söğüt there are the remains of the ancient settlement of Thyssanos. The beautiful landscape of Saranda Cove is even more stunning when the sun sets and you are able to see across to the big Greek island of Sömbeki (Symi). There are restaurants and hotels here to accommodate visitors. The ruins of an ancient fortress lie on the southern shore of the cove and you will see hundreds of pieces of amphora scattered on the sea bed.
The small hillside village of Söğüt lies near the head of a large bay on the eastern side of Söğüt Adası, within easy reach of sixteen small uninhabited islands heavy with the scent of wild oregano. The craggy, burnt slopes about the bay have a savage, rugged, wild aspect and the ruins of an ancient fortress, thought to be ancient Thyssanus, sit atop a rocky knoll nearby.
Saranda is a waterfront extension of the village that has developed on the shore of the lagoon but the rigorous conservation laws that apply to this stretch of the coastline have ensured that development has been strictly controlled and Söğüt remains charmingly unspoilt. One imagines that life has changed little here in hundreds of years. Blue bee hives are a recurrent feature on the landscape, their occupants hard at work producing the thyme-scented honey for which the region is famed.
Sit on the rickety restaurant jetty and watch the fishing boats return after sunset laden with bream and sea bass. Boat building is the other principal activity here – many of the gulets that cruise the Turquoise coast are built here. There’s a weekly market on Monday where visiting charterers can stock up on provisions before setting sail again, reluctant to leave this charming and low-key hideaway.
Anchor in the north-east cove, in 5 metres (16 feet). The bottom is sand and weed and the holding is not always good.